Jacques Cartier and the Exploration of the St. Lawrence Region

Jacques Cartier was an explorers from the region of Brittany in France in the early part of the 16th century. He is famed for being the first European to discover the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the St. Lawrence River. This would be the building blocks for French colonization of the New World.

Jacques Cartier – Part 1 – The Gulf of St. Lawrence

In part 1 of our series on Jacques Cartier, we explore the background on exploration of what is now the St. Lawrence region of Canada, and then follow Cartier on his first voyage to the New World.

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Jacques Cartier – Part 1 – The Gulf of St. Lawrence

In the final part of our series on Jacques Cartier, we explore up the St. Lawrence River – reaching modern-day Quebec City and Montreal.

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Resources

The Voyages of Jacques Cartier with an introduction by Ramsey Cook by Jacques Cartier. This is an English translation of Cartier’s voyages, with a good introduction by Ramsey Cook. This the document where most of the podcast is derived. Read it free online.

Jacques Cartier by Meg Greene. This short biography of Cartier is aimed at younger readers, but provides a nice overview of the man, his voyages and the era. Free to read online.

Jacques Cartier by Heather Hudak. Another short bio about Cartier geared toward younger readers.

Cartiers’ Wikipedia Page